Edwin Howard Armstrong (1890-1954)
US Electrical Engineer, inventor of the FM radio.
Neil Armstrong (b.1930)
The first man on the moon, it is said he took a swatch of Armstrong tartan with him.
Gary Armstrong (born 1966 in Edinburgh)
Gary equalled Roy Laidlaw’s then record as Scotland’s most capped scrum-half when he won his 47th cap against Romania in August 1999. He then joined the 50-cap club when he led Scotland to victory in the World Cup play-off match against Samoa that October.
He retired from international rugby after Scotland’s 18-30 defeat by New Zealand in the 1999 Rugby World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand.
Gary Armstrong led Scotland to the 1999 Five Nations Championship, playing his eighth Test as captain as Scotland grasped pole position with their stunning 36-22 victory against France.
He was skipper throughout the previous two Five Nations Championships and was also captain on Scotland’s 1999 visit to South Africa, when he played in all four matches and scored the opening try of the tour in the victory over Border.
Gary Armstrong then went on to emulate Laidlaw by playing for both Scotland and the Lions, touring with the latter in Australia in 1989. He joined Newcastle Falcons in 1995, and his appetite for the fray was seen to best advantage when the club won England’s Allied Dunbar Premiership title in 1998.
Gary finished his career by returning home to play for the newly created professional team, The Borders. He retired in 2004 at about the same time as Doddie Weir. An interesting sidenote: In Jonny Wilkinson’s book ‘How to Play Rugby My Way’ Armstrong’s nickname is given as the ‘scrap-yard dog’ as Jonny has never met anyone as ‘tough as him!’